Purp To-Do List & Goal Tracker

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Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Simple goal-setting app helps kids learn accountability.

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Educational Value

Simple way to set goals, create to-do lists, and break down challenging projects for kids, teens, and adults. Metrics are provided to track progress. 

Ease of Play

Parents will need to help younger kids identify goals, break them down into smaller steps, and input the information into the app, but for basic readers the app is simple to use once it's set up.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Purp To-Do List & Goal Tracker app is a way for kids, teens, and adults to keep track of goals, to-do lists, and projects using their phone or tablet. Color-coded categories keep goals and information organized and easy to find. Users tap the completed task to "check off" finished activities. Data is generated to keep track of progress toward completing goals. The free version of the app allows users to create up to five goals. For $4.99, users can upgrade to a premium version of the app without any restrictions. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

The PURP TO-DO LIST & GOAL TRACKER app offers users an easy way to set goals and create to-do lists that are accessible on personal devices like a smartphone or tablet. It's simple to add goals in the app, but users will need to know how to organize their thoughts prior to adding them to the app. Users can organize goals into pre-set categories, which include daily goals, general, sport, health & fitness, business & financial, work, career, going green, new habits, learning & skills, social & family, personality, travel, and adventures. You can also create personalized categories in addition to the pre-set list. An achievements section awards the user virtual badges for activities such as completing daily goals, having a perfect week, and achieving goals from multiple categories. Data derived from the goals displays in a line graph that shows progress over time in days, weeks, and months. Information included in the app is synced to iCloud for viewing on multiple devices. Tapping the brain icon within the app prompts users to create new goals or provides feedback on performance and ways to improve productivity. To stay on track, kids can include individual completion dates with every activity and reminders of upcoming deadlines.

Is it any good?

This all-in-one organizer can help kids set goals, prioritize, and stay on track without having to keep track of an assignment notebook or list. Learning how to set goals, prioritize them, and stick with a plan are very important life skills for kids to learn in order to manage completing homework and projects, by themselves, on time. Kids and adults with executive functioning difficulties may need a tool like Purp To-Do List & Goal Tracker to organize their thoughts. Many people with memory and attention challenges benefit from writing down steps and creating lists to help guide them, but those same users may also be prone to losing paper. Parents will likely need to input the information into the app and help kids break down activities into smaller, achievable tasks. While this app is a great tool for managing these expectations, it's more appropriate for teens and adults, as younger users will first need to be taught offline how to set goals and break them down into smaller, achievable activities. While the achievement badges are nice, embedded reinforcement, they may not be enough to motivate all kids. Also, data can be overwhelming for kids and adults to understand, and is only useful if the user actually commits to consistently checking the items off when they are complete. Since the number of categories offered could be overwhelming, and the unwanted ones aren't deletable, savvy users could include basic information in one category only and keep it on one screen for kids to view, rather than going overboard by adding too much information.  All in all, this app could be a very useful tool for kids who need a little help staying organized.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Purp To-Do List & Goal Tracker app can help with goal setting, breaking down projects into smaller activities, and completing those actions on time. Writing information down on a piece of paper is not a great strategy for kids who may lose paper. Would keeping track of activities on a smartphone or tablet be more useful?

  • Setting goals that are too hard often leads to frustration, task avoidance, and not achieving the goals. How can you use this app to help your kids set smaller, more manageable goals so that they feel successful?

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